Officials: Suspect admits his role

Meyshane Kemar Johnson leaves court in St. Maarten on Wednesday. He is a suspect in the deaths of Mike and Thelma King.

A suspect in the killings of Mike and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant has admitted his involvement in their murders at the couple’s beachfront condo in St. Maarten, island prosecutors said Wednesday.

The suspect, identified by authorities as M.K.J., also has acknowledged his role in a Chinese restaurant robbery Sept. 19, supposedly the same day the Kings were killed, authorities said.

Privacy rules prevent St. Maarten authorities from naming suspects, but local media outlets have identified the suspect in question as Meyshane Kemar Johnson, a 28-year-old security guard.

St. Martin News Network has reported Johnson was implicated in the robbery of Happy Star restaurant. Authorities reportedly found Michael King’s credit cards and cellphone inside the getaway car used in the robbery.

SMN News also reported Wednesday that a second suspect in the killings is 17-year-old Jeremiah Chevon Mills, a Dutch national of Jamaican descent. Mills, who was arrested Monday, is said to be Johnson’s cousin, the news network reported.

Neither has been formally charged with killing the Kings, who were found stabbed to death inside their condo Sept. 21. The Kings also owned a home in Toler’s Cove in Mount Pleasant and have family members statewide.

A judge on Wednesday ordered Johnson’s continued pre-trial detention, according to a press release from the St. Maarten’s Prosecutors Office. He reportedly admitted to his involvement in the crimes Tuesday.

Mills, whom authorities have identified only as J.C.M., is scheduled to appear in court today so a judge can evaluate his continued detention, prosecutors said.

Under Dutch law, prosecutors must present evidence to the court to justify the continued detention of suspects, who are usually formally charged right before trial. Solicitor General Taco Stein told The Post and Courier on Tuesday that prosecutors believe they have strong evidence linking the two men to the murders.

Both suspects are said to be under full restrictions, which means that each suspect and his lawyer are allowed to have contact with one another only about this case, prosecutors said.

Visitation and funeral services for the couple were held Wednesday at Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin. Both events were closed to the media at the family’s request.

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